Battle Royale games are still one of the largest and most successful genres in the video game scene in 2021. Playerunknown's Battlegrounds holds up bravely in the esports scene and Fortnite is throwing its players off the flying battle bus into the sixth season. So it is not surprising that EA's Battle Royale hobbyhorse called Apex Legends was also able to celebrate some successes. After the versions for PC, PlayStation and Xbox, which we have already tested extensively, a Nintendo Switch version followed on March 10th, which, however, had to take severe criticism shortly after it was released. Compared to the other consoles and the PC, the switch variant has some technical inadequacies. But how bad are the frame rate, resolution and graphics really?

Primarily embarrassing performance

That Apex Legends (buy now € 12.00 ) on the Nintendo Switch will only run in 30 FPS, was already revealed in advance and was confirmed during the game.






Long line: Many of the textures first have to be reloaded when they land in the field of view.



Long line: Many of the textures first have to be reloaded when they land in the field of view.

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On the TV, the game brings the game to 720p, but it is a battlefield of spongy textures and sudden pop-ins. In principle, that wouldn't be that bad, nobody plays a multiplayer shooter to enjoy graphic fireworks. Unfortunately, the reduced resolution is not only unpleasant for the eye, it also makes it much more difficult to recognize opposing players. At least the 30 frames per second are mostly (!) Kept stable. If you are used to 60 FPS from playing on the PC, you will of course turn up your nose at the restriction.

If you want to play the game on the go, you will of course need a functioning internet connection, which is why Apex Legends is not a compliant candidate for portable enjoyment in the internet expansion in Germany. You won't have much fun in handheld mode anyway: At 576p, the resolution is even lower than on the TV and suffers from the same problems in terms of textures and pop-ins. In addition, in addition to your character, the frame rate is also caught in constant fire and tends to drop below the estimated 30 FPS during battles.

As an alternative to the standard repertoire, you can also play with the built-in motion control on the Switch. But it is hardly surprising






A rocky port: Despite the poor frame rate, the graphics leave a lot to be desired.



A rocky port: Despite the poor frame rate, the graphics leave a lot to be desired.

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rather imprecise and therefore rather a disadvantage. Fortunately, it can be fully exhibited in the options. But there is a little help to get you started: When you log in to the Switch for the first time, you get 30 levels for the Battle Pass for free and in the first two weeks, players receive double the amount of experience points. Furthermore, EA gives you a legendary skin for the hero Pathfinder.

The cross with the cross play

The switch variant offers the possibility of comprehensive games with users of other consoles or the PC, but due to the poorer performance on Nintendo's digital workhorse, this is not possible. After all, a hardware disadvantage that limits your shooter skills leaves a pretty bitter aftertaste. Especially when you know that the competition won't suffer. Since Apex Legends is an online multiplayer and not a single player game, the poor performance and low frame rate are doubly annoying. Unfortunately, without comprehensive play, the waiting times are extremely long.

Since cross-play is set as the default setting, many gamers will certainly not even notice that they are also traveling with users from other consoles or the PC. This not only leads to extremely long waiting times for the rounds, in which only Switch players want to cavort. It also means that many will oppose competitors from






Almost invisible: The option to switch off cross-play is pretty well hidden in the menu and, unfortunately, automatically activated.



Almost invisible: The option to switch off cross-play is pretty well hidden in the menu and, unfortunately, automatically activated.

Source: PC Games




other platforms with better technical prerequisites and more experience without even knowing it. In addition, no cross-save is possible despite cross-play. Switching to the Switch with your existing account is not an option, but it would make little sense in view of the technical situation.

Of course, you can also play Apex Legends for free on the Switch and download it from the Nintendo eShop. In addition, the Champion Edition is also available for € 39.99, in which you unlock nine legends, i.e. all characters up to season 7, as well as three exclusive, legendary weapon and character skins each. Also in the luggage: 1,000 Apex coins to give away in the in-game shop. But since the game is free to play and the Switch version in particular leaves a lot to be desired, you should perhaps try out Apex Legends in the free version first.

My opinion

Just because something works doesn't mean it should be done.

I'm really not a graphics-savvy person, but Apex Legends' switch port is pretty underground. Especially because in exchange for bad textures and pop-ins, only a low frame rate is delivered, which then does not even remain constant in handheld mode. But what annoyed me most was that you can hardly find a match without cross-play at the moment. As an absolute beginner, I don't feel like getting mixed up with a lot of PC, PlayStation and Xbox gamers. Differences in experience and skill are then too great and cloud the fun in addition to poor technical performance.

Frame rate mostly stable in docked mode
30 levels for the Battle Pass when you log in for the first time
Cross-play possible …
… and almost imperative to find games
Extremely long waiting times without cross-play
No cross saves
Low resolution
Lots of pop-ins
Spongy textures
Generally low frame rate, which often fluctuates in handheld mode

Hands off! If you don't want to play Apex Legends at all costs and the Nintendo Switch is your only option, you should stay away from this failed port.

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